Tag: Gold Zebra
Mix: Silent Shout Best of March 2013
1. Galaxius Mons – Cup My Aching Mind (Crazy Epitaph)
2. Vague-À-Bonde – Our Love
3. Object 28 – Can’t Shake It
4. Silkken Laumann – Obvious Water (Yer A Kitten)
5. Odonis Odonis – Better
6. Gold Zebra – Invisible Disorder
7. Chris Bush – The Oceans Rust and then Maple Leaf Top Dogs go on Sale at Loblaws
8. Bliss Club – Isabeau
9. Le Roi Crocodile – In the Fullness of Time
10. Make Haste – Should Have Left
11. Jamaican Queens – Kids Get Away
12. Princess Century – Twin House
13. Majical Cloudz – Childhood’s End
14. Mathias Mental – Les Mensonges, Les Mensonges
15. Glass Candy – The Possessed (Runway Edit)
2012 has been the strongest year in memory for Canadian electronic pop. Established artists started new electronic projects, amazing new talents appeared seemingly out of nowhere, and one of our shining stars became a superstar recognized the world over. Canada is clearly at the epicenter of the zeitgeist – it’s a testament to the unbelievable talent in this country that we have 100 songs to present to you as the best of the year, and STILL had to exclude so many excellent tracks.
Montreal and Toronto may still have the most representatives of any Canadian city, but dark electro is thriving everywhere, from Halifax to Calgary, Ottawa to Vancouver, and exciting new hotbeds appearing in London, Ontario, and Grande Prairie, Alberta. We’re not too exclusively nationalist here at Silent Shout, so border states (minus NYC) appear too, with artists from Minneapolis, Seattle, and Brattleboro, Vermont making our list.
A huge thank you to all our readers, the folks who attend our events, and the bands that make brilliant music across this land for making 2012 an unforgettable year for us. Here’s to an even bigger 2013 for Canadian electronic music.
99. Gold & Youth – Time to Kill
96. Suuns – Edie’s Dream
94. Yves Son Ace – Wallet Song
90. Drug Train – Idioms
88. Solar Year – Night and Day
87. Zooey – You
86. Gold Zebra – Dark Musique
85. Warm Myth – Gonna Gun
80. Nyteowl – EZ Boy
Great new track from our Montreal kin Gold Zebra, uber-minimal Italo with very literal lyrics. Their new single is a split 7″ with none other than The Golden Filter, and kicks off a new 7″ series which will see Visage Musique artists paired with various international artists. Order the Gold Zebra/Golden Filter 7″ here.
I try not to write about my own music much here, but I have no problem talking up the incredible job Gold Zebra did remixing one of the songs from my new mixtape. Silent Shout readers know how in love with them we are, with “Love, French, Better” as our #2 song of last year. Here’s their take on “Rachel Marie” and it’s just so well done, so menacing, yet still pensive. There is word of a new 7″ coming from the GZ crew later this month and we cannot wait.
Nite Jewel also remixed “Because It’s Wrong” to great effect. These remixes were for an all-original mixtape I released featuring Bad Passion this week. It’s called Death and Desire and you can grab it here for free if you like.
Gold Zebra – Back In The Dust
Montreal minimal electronic pop standard-bearers Visage Musique have released their first compilation, including many unreleased tracks from their impressive roster of artists. Gold Zebra offers up a remixed version of “Back in the Dust,” one of our favourite songs of last year, and it’s sounding fuller and even better than before. Brusque Twins‘ “What Else Is There To Say?” is another obvious highlight, along with “Stone Communcation,” an immaculately produced minimal piece featuring an especially haunting delayed fake flute refrain. We covered that track a month back.
Tony Cops brings a couple of great driving instrumentals to the compilation, the virtuosic Femminielli gives us a breathy narrative over the 10-minute “Hotel Suite” and Police des Moeurs contribute two badass French minimal synthpop tracks. The best track on the release, and an absolute must-hear, is Gold Zebra‘s masterful “Love, French, Better” which we wrote about back in July.
They’re out of free Bandcamp downloads, but they’ve made it available for free download on this other site. A limited run of 100 CDs is also available for purchase, you can contact them through their page.
As you probably noticed, Silent Shout is a blog, and is therefore morally and legally obligated to post a year-end best-of list. It’s been an excellent year for Canadian electronic music and an excellent inaugural year for Silent Shout. Canada definitely has some of the best indie electronic acts in the world and there are plenty more that we weren’t able to include on this list. That said, here are our champions! Yesterday: our top albums and music videos. Today and tomorrow: our top songs of the year!
31. DVAS – Society
23. Tonetta – My Bro
22. Doldrums – Euphoria (watch video)
And that’s it for today. Tomorrow, the thrilling conclusion.